Smart Monkey Cafe

★★★★★
  • 335 Elmira Rd

    Ithaca, NY 14850

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  • 607-273-1455

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Smart Monkey Cafe is located on Elmira Rd. and Albany St. What a cleaver name for a cafe. The food is some of the best. The portions are perfect, and the price is right. How can you go wrong?

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Smart Monkey Cafe is located on Elmira Rd. and Albany St. What a cleaver name for a cafe. The food is some of the best. The portions are perfect, and the price is right. How can you go wrong?

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We dined in while visiting family in Ithaca. This had a refreshing layout compared to some cafes. The floor plan is open, not crowded at all, and there is downstairs and upstairs seating. I liked that the menu clearly indicated which menu items were vegetarian, vegan and organic. They have everything from muffins and breakfast items, to an assortment of sandwiches, wrap and salads, to their new dinner menu and a variety of desserts. They do offer a few different coffee and teas - the lemon verbena lavender herbal tea was wonderful! I ordered the vegan Greek salad (tofu instead of feta), I loved it, and their lemon tahini dressing is fantastic. The vegetable soup was good, (not too salty) and I also liked the sweet potato fries. My husband enjoyed a portobello sandwich with homefries. The other four in our party are not vegetarian, but enjoyed their meals as well. The staff was friendly, the restrooms are clean, and although they did not have a changing station for the baby, the women's restroom had a bench which I was able to make work. I will definitely eat here again on our next trip to Ithaca!

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We dined in while visiting family in Ithaca. This had a refreshing layout compared to some cafes. The floor plan is open, not crowded at all, and there is downstairs and upstairs seating. I liked that the menu clearly indicated which menu items were vegetarian, vegan and organic. They have everything from muffins and breakfast items, to an assortment of sandwiches, wrap and salads, to their new dinner menu and a variety of desserts. They do offer a few different coffee and teas - the lemon verbena lavender herbal tea was wonderful! I ordered the vegan Greek salad (tofu instead of feta), I loved it, and their lemon tahini dressing is fantastic. The vegetable soup was good, (not too salty) and I also liked the sweet potato fries. My husband enjoyed a portobello sandwich with homefries. The other four in our party are not vegetarian, but enjoyed their meals as well. The staff was friendly, the restrooms are clean, and although they did not have a changing station for the baby, the women's restroom had a bench which I was able to make work. I will definitely eat here again on our next trip to Ithaca!

Pros: Ambience, Friendly Staff

Cons: On the night we dined (a monday), short on waitstaff

 

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